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Chinaman (Name Unknown)

As part of the Chinese Historical Wrongs Legacy Initiative, we’ve digitized a small selection of inquests and inquiries from 1872 to 1934, found in series GR-0431. These were chosen to reflect the experiences of early Chinese immigrants to B.C. – their living and working conditions, and their unfortunate accidental or unusual deaths.   They range from a woman working in a brothel in Barkerville who died of natural causes to three sawmill workers who died from malnutrition. Learn more.

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BC Archives GR-0431

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Louis an Indian being sworn states

One day last week Paul came and said he had found a body in the Fraser River. I went up with Sam & Paul and saw the body. When we got up we brought the body on the shore. I did not know the deceased. The body had been turned over on its back before we took it on shore. There was a small break on the skin of the forehead made by a stick when we taking it out of the logs I think.

Louis His mark X

Taken upon oath and acknowledged before me this 2nd say of September 1875.

C. N. Trew Coroner

BC Archives, GR-0431 Box 1 File 6 / BRITISH COLUMBIA. ATTORNEY GENERAL. / Inquisitions / inquests conducted by coroners in British Columbia.

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